Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement on H.R. 1120, the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act:
"I am pleased that the House passed this important legislation. The NLRB is tasked with ensuring American workers have a fair workplace. It conducts union elections and works to prevent or remedy unlawful practices on the part of employers and unions. Unfortunately, the current board has succumbed to partisanship, pushing the agenda of unions instead of acting as an impartial advocate for the workforce.
"I introduced this legislation because President Obama's so-called recess appointments left the board in a state of legal chaos. While the president took a long-overdue step in right direction to resolve the crisis by nominating three members to the NLRB on Tuesday, workers, employers and unions are still left wondering if the roughly 600 decisions the board has issued will stand. My bill will ensure the NLRB cannot continue with business as usual until new members are confirmed and the nomination process returns to regular order."
Background: H.R. 1120 requires the NLRB to cease all activity until the uncertainty surrounding the board is resolved. The bill also requires a constitutionally confirmed quorum of board members to review all decisions issued since January 4, 2012.